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We look at the shake-up in late night TV and other 2014 show biz stories to come. Plus, how producer Ian Collie adapted his documentary about Mary Poppins author PL Travers into the Disney film Saving Mr. Banks.

Banner image: P.L. Travers, courtesy of Essential Media

Banter Hollywood News Banter 9 MIN, 32 SEC

Michael Schneider of TV Guide Magazine and host of KCRW's The Spin-off joins Kim Masters and John Horn of the Los Angeles Times to discuss the entertainment news stories they're anticipating in 2014.

- Was George Lucas Right? Will the movie theater experience become an expensive rarity with most films heading to the small screen?

- With Jimmy Fallon replacing Leno and Seth Meyers taking his show, how will these late night changes impact the TV landscape? 

- With MBA types taking over top jobs at movie studios, what sorts of movies will Hollywood be making?

Guests:
Michael Schneider, TV Guide magazine (@Franklinavenue)

Main Topic Saving Mr. Banks' Producer 18 MIN, 46 SEC

Ian Collie is an Australian producer whose TV documentary, The Shadow of Mary Poppins, was the inspiration for the feature Saving Mr. Banks, starring Emma Thompson as author PL Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. That film tells the story of how Travers' greatest invention -- Mary Poppins -- became a Hollywood film. Collie talks about the process of adapting Travers' complicated life to the big screen and how the script ended up on the Blacklist before finally getting the green light from Disney. Collie is also executive producer of the upcoming Fox TV drama, Rake, starring Greg Kinnear. Collie, who had produced the original series for Australian television, discusses the appeal of making a series in his home country, whose format could then be sold to American TV.

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